10 Ways To Use a Cordless Dremel Rotary Tool

I am so excited to have another cordless tool to add to my tool box.  I just received a new Dremel rotary tool, a 12 volt high performance  Dremel 8220 Cordless.  This is going to be so helpful for many projects.  When I opened the box the first feature that I noticed, is that it is cordless.  I am a big fan of good cordless tools.  I think that it is great that there are more and more companies that are coming out with high quality cordless tools.  It seems like tools just keep getting better and better every year. And the new Cordless Dremel rotary tool is no exception!

dremel rotarty tool 8220_hero

So today, I want to give you a list of ten ways you can use this great tool.  You might have something different in mind for how you would want to use it (which I hope you will share in a comment), but here is a list of ten that I came up with, and have needed it for:


10 ways to use the Dremel Rotary Tool


  • Cutting out drywall for outlets or light switch holes in sheet rock.  There is always a sheet rock project going on in my house, where I could use this tool.


  • Grinding off extra long bolts. Like when installing a toilet.  Some times the bolts that comes with the kits are extra long and have to be sawn off.  Or cutting off the extra length of a bolt of a handle that I recently installed on a baby gate/dutch door.  You can see that project here.


dremel rotary tool DIY dutch door

  • Grinding off nails.  There are times when I accidentally nail in brads that are too long.  I end up having to go back and cut the extra nail off and file it down.  Now I can grind it right off flush with the wood really easily.  Sweet!!


  • Sanding edges.  There are great attachments for sanding curved cuts especially.


  • Drilling a hole.  I realized that it’s like having another cordless drill handy.  I can have the attachment drill bit on the dremel and not have to switch it out on my drill… and sometimes when you are holding something heavy that needs to be pilot drilled first, fast is important!


  • Sharpening a blade. I always have tools that need to be sharpened.  This is going to be great for that.


dremel rotarty tool Grinding Pruner With Atachment 8220


  • Planing a door edge.  I just found out that there was a planer attachment. Which is awesome.  I could have used this on the last 5 doors that I had to plane down because the edges were sticking when we closed them.


  • Cutting ceramic tile.  I have a particular project in mind for this, so you will have to wait and see…


  • Sharpening a lawn mower blade. Remember how I talked about this in our mow like a pro post?   I have to do this about once a year (and chances are you should too!).  This tool will make it so much easier than doing it by hand.


  • Grinding a doors strike plate.  I wish that I had this tool when I did this just two months ago.
  • Carving a wood sign.  I have a fun little project that I will share it with you later this week or early next that is inspired from what my Father in law used to do…(that you can see here).

 Update: here’s a carved wood sign using the Dremel! Super easy, and using one of my favorite techniques: using paint to color-wash wood

Carvel love sign using a Dremel-019

So now that I told you how I want to use mine, you can tell me how you would use your new Dremel rotary tool.  You can also check out Dremel’s website here for even more ways to use their rotary tool.


Now, enter the giveaway in the widget below for a chance to win one of your own.  Rules, you must be 18 years or older and live in the continental US.

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  1. Love what you guys are doing here! All of this info. Has sure come in handy when I helping out around the parents and grandparents houses, especially when I get a home of my own. :))

  2. The No. 1 thing we use our Dremel for is doing our dogs nails. Use the sanding band and lightly tap their nails. It gives them rounded edges that don’t scratch (like they do when you cut them with clippers), it’s basically impossibly to hit the quick and most dogs tolerate it WAY better than a clipper.

  3. We are trying to fix up our house so we can sell it and retire and this would be wonderful for me. The large tools scare the heck out of me and this is the perfect size!

  4. We need it! We need it! We just ordered a new vanity to replace a pedestal sink in our powder room & this would be perfect for cutting out the baseboard trim for our vanity to slide in! Thanks for the great giveaway!

  5. We have an old dremel and I have thick toe nails and we use it for to grind them down. It isn’t very powerful. I would love to win this because I have some projects that this would make the job much easier. I love your blog, so many great ideas.

  6. What 50 year old woman has been coveting a Dremel tool? Me, that’s who! I have been in so many situations where one of these would have come in handy, such as this past weekend when I was tiling and needed to make tight cuts. This cordless tool is awesome!

  7. CORDLESS!!!! So exciting. Seems like such a first world problem, but that cord is annoying. And being able to just trot it out when I’m crafting, the just carry it out in the yard. I wonder if it would work to trim branches…

  8. I have been following your site ever since a 2010 post you did about creating a branch silhouette on canvas. No, I have not done it yet, but then, I don’t normally post unfinished projects (sound familiar).

    Hmm, what would I use a Dremel for? I do have patio furniture who paint and finish need to be removed and replaced. This would be the perfect tool for getting into the hundreds of crevices. I also recently saw someone’s blog where they carve messages and or pictures into smooth river rocks as a handmade gift. The possibilities are endless.

  9. Actually, i have been saving up pretty bottles and i think this would help big time in sanding those edges. I think i would use it the most on home diy and repair.

  10. Wow, I really need this dremel. I want to redo my crafts room, do projects around my house, make some miniatures and dollhouses and the list goes on and on! I would love to win. Thanks so much for the giveaway.

  11. I didn’t even realize Dremel had a cordless version! How cool that would be, I could just bring it to the shed, instead of bringing all the tools over to the garage!

    I don’t have a dog, but don’t they freak out at the high-pitched whine of the dremel when you are trying to do their nails?

    Get one of those big 200-parts accessory/bits sets and you’ll be amazed how much more often you use it!

  12. I have one of these and love it! I used it on lots of projects around my old house when I was getting ready to sell it. I’m gonna have to try and sharpen my yard tools and lawn mower with it. I have one so I won’t enter, but good luck, whoever gets it will love it.